Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)

Terry Lynn Irons t-irons at MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Tue May 29 14:23:00 UTC 2007

I have noticed the change in the pronunciation of the contracted n't
at the end of aux verbs among especially younger speakers but had not
been able to figure out exactly what the change is.  I think he has it
right.  What is something like a syllabic /n/ for me has evolved into
a full schwa.

Terry Lynn Irons
Professor of English
Morehead State University
150 University Blvd Box 604 Morehead KY 40351

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